Home sweet home

Installation view. Left: Moritz Stumm: "WIE SICH DER KLEINE MORITZ DIE WELTGESCHICHTE VORSTELLT", 2017. digital collage on paper, dimensions variable. Right: Andres Villareal: "Fearful Symmetries", 2016. single channel full HD video, sound, 08:46 min.
Installation view. Left: Adrian Knuppertz: "Wooden Caravan (inside view)", 2016. digital photography on paper. Middle: Jack Hogan: "To drawing in the forever wet cement of good worlds to come", 2019. dedication in concrete, digital photography on paper. Right: Joanna Keler: "Living Statue", 2020. digital photography on paper.
Heiko-Thandeka Ncube: "ISLANDS" (installation view), 2020. single channel full HD video, sound, 04:46 min.
Elisa Jule Braun: „The Breakfast Egg“ (installation view), 2017. single channel full HD video, sound, 02:18 min.
Installation view. Left: Elisa Jule Braun: „The Breakfast Egg“, 2017. single channel full HD video, sound, 02:18 min. Right: Moritz Stumm: "WIE SICH DER KLEINE MORITZ DIE WELTGESCHICHTE VORSTELLT", 2017. digital collage on paper, dimensions variable.
Andres Villareal: "Fearful Symmetries" (installation view), 2016. single channel full HD video, sound, 08:46 min.
Georgina Hill: "We are the genii" (installation view), 2020. single channel full HD video, sound, 34:46 min.
Gong Internationale: “Ménage" at Gong, 2019.
Andres Villareal: "Fearful Symmetries" (still image), 2016. single channel full HD video, sound, 08:46 min.
Moritz Stumm: "WIE SICH DER KLEINE MORITZ DIE WELTGESCHICHTE VORSTELLT", 2017. digital collage on paper, dimensions variable.
Bruno Siegrist: "PARKURZ" (still image), 2019. single channel full HD video, sound, 00:12 min.
Heiko-Thandeka Ncube: "ISLANDS" (still image), 2020. single channel full HD video, sound, 04:46 min.
Adrian Knuppertz: "Wooden Caravan (inside view)", 2016. digital photography on paper.
Joanna Keler: "Living Statue", 2020. digital photography on paper.
Jack Hogan: "To drawing in the forever wet cement of good worlds to come", 2019. dedication in concrete, digital photography on paper.
Georgina Hill: "We are the genii" (still image), 2020. single channel full HD video, sound, 34:46 min.
Cherub Harper: "that which lays to the east of the garden of eden" (still image), 2020. single channel full HD video, sound, 01:56 min.
Elisa Jule Braun: „The Breakfast Egg“ (still image), 2017. single channel full HD video, sound, 02:18 min.

Tokyo Shitamachi Projects is proud to present its first group exhibition, titled “Home sweet home”.

When the hospitality company AirBnB reached out to two of their French customers if they could host an executive party at their Paris apartment, the couple happily obliged. However, a year after the seemingly ordinary event took place, they found out that their guests did not only enjoy their stay, but that the company had effectively designed a space in its San Francisco headquarters to strikingly resemble their home – even exactly copying pictures they had hung up in their kitchen. Subsequently, the couple sued AirBnB for infringing their product, that is “the way they curated the objects in their apartment”, complaining that “they are branding their company with our life.”¹

However, AirBnB’s ruse comes as no surprise, considering that their business models is exactly that: to create the global, ubiquitous model living room which its customers never have to leave on their travels. Consequently, AirBnB assimilates locally contained stylistic varieties of whatever is thought to constitute coziness in order to define and standardise its own corporate interpretation. Rather than cherishing diversity, AirBnB has created a baseline standard of living, a bare minimum arrangement of furniture and amenities. In addition to helping to seize living space from tense housing markets, AirBnB effectively anonymises them, even when there are still regular tenants.

For “Home sweet home”, thirteen artists reflect on contemporary modes of living, displacement and squatting. Employing a wide range of media, their perspectives range from tongue-in-cheek humour to deep contemplation and precise critique.

¹ Kyle Chayka: French couple sues Airbnb for copying their apartment. New York Magazine Intelligencer, 19th November 2015.

Date
11.03.2020 — 15.03.2020
Opening
10.03.2020 6:00 – 9:00pm
Artists
Elisa Jule Braun
Gong Internationale
Cherub Harper
Georgina Hill
Jack Hogan
Joanna Keler
Adrian Knuppertz
Heiko-Thandeka Ncube
Bruno Siegrist
Moritz Stumm
Andeas Villarreal